In the new documentary series Hostile Planet – which aired April 1 at National Geographic – host and survivor Bear Grylls (Man vs Wild) takes viewers on a rare journey in some of the world's toughest environments to see how the animals adapt to unforgivable conditions.
Each episode of the six-part series shows the toughest environments – including jungles, mountains, deserts, oceans, poles and grasslands – and explains how wildlife survives everything from bad weather and the effects of climate change to attacks by other harder animals .
Wildfires, blizzards, droughts and downsides often dominate these distant places where humans do not wake up. Hostile Planet shot over 1,800 hours of footage, traveled to seven continents in over 1,300 days of film to show viewers rare images of animals hunting, fighting, and fighting the elements.
This is not the kind of wildlife program where sweet animals live their lives in quiet peace. The series shows lots of heartbreaking footage, including a snow leopard and an alpine ibex fighting in a life-or-death battle, a jaguar seizing a crocodile in the teeth and more.
While wildlife chases each other are not news, Hostile Planet goes a step further in trying to capture sincere moments from the animals that viewers may not have witnessed before.
One of the more unusual includes recordings of an arctic wolf package that attacks a muskox herd recorded for the first time on film. A muskox weighs about 700 pounds and has razor-sharp horns. So a wolf package that takes one down is not easy to celebrate, and in dramatic footage they end up not killing one, but two muskoxes.
Hostile Planet is not easy to see if you find yourself red on cute animals that seem to find themselves in dangerous situations. In the polar section I found myself when a young penguin was left by his friends and stranded on a piece of ice.
When he thinks he should swim for the crew, he is attacked and killed by a seal swimming underneath. Hostile Planet is definitely not an emotional Pixar movie experience.
"This series is powerful and sometimes heartbreaking to look at," Hostile Planet told Bear Bear Grylls CNET. "But one of those things I've learned as a survivor is to recognize in these animals an incredible survival spirit and resilience. But I appreciate their sense of family and work together, giving them a sense of strength and courage. . "  65833 "height =" 0 "width =" 970 "data-original =" https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/l6SoK58-NefEkgP6FwD98-S9y24=/970×0/2019/04/01/1ad37eaf-bd3c -4c70-93aa-eccef8a6a4af / polar-ep103-hostileplanet-10.jpg "/>
Cameraman David Reichert records the Emperor Penguins March to the ice edge at the Cape Washington Emperor Penguin Colony.
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"When you see these baby antelope in the grassland suddenly surrounded by hyena, you think they're all dead," Grylls continued. "Another part of the antelope survives by working together. So Hostile Planet shows the dark side of living in brutal surroundings, but it also shows the light side – where animals learn to survive."
Heartbreak aside, the show is breathable to watch, and includes work by Oscar-winning film photographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth), Emmy nominated executive producer Martha Holmes (The Blue Planet) and Emmy winning executive producer Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II). 19659006] Hosting Planet debuts on April 1 on National Geographic Channel.